In an unprecedented move, President Fidel Ramos reversed his appointed censors and allowed the screening of Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” without cuts.
The censors had recommended the deletion of all breast exposures and sex scenes.
This ran counter to Spielberg’s stipulation that the film be shown without cuts or be withdrawn.
The presidential action capped a week of brickbats between bemused journalists and besieged censors. Angry editorials were published demanding the censors’ resignation.
The censors, most of them from the ultra-conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei, retorted with a stilted defense of outdated morality. Flamboyant former censors chief Manuel Morato said that Filipinos should not allow “one American Jew to dictate on us and disregard Philippine laws.”
In addition, at least one censor intends to push for a Senate hearing into the matter.